Giselle Explored, 2019. Photography by Alicia Clarke.

Ballet Explored 2020 will delve into English National Ballet’s highly-anticipated new work, Creature, a monstrous tale of human ambition and overreaching, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein, the classical myth of Prometheus, and Georg Buchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck.

All secondary schools in east London have the unique opportunity to attend a dress rehearsal at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and take part in an inspiring dance workshop. Exploring production concepts, themes and aesthetics, students will build knowledge and understanding of dance by learning repertoire and participating in practical creative tasks.

Teachers will be supported with a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshop at our new studios on London City Island. This enriching workshop intends to support all curriculum teachers to gain the tools, understanding and confidence to deliver creative dance lessons, as well as developing a deeper knowledge of the production.

Supplementing this, an interactive resource pack features:

  • Online filmed repertoire phrases to watch and learn (featuring Company dancers)
  • Creative tasks to generate choreographic responses
  • Cross-curricular activities
  • Suggested music options


  • Half day dance workshop for up to 20 students in KS3/KS4;
  • Exclusive opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal of Creature at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for all participants and accompanying teachers
  • Free interactive resource pack;
  • CPD workshop for participating school teachers;
  • Activity contributes towards Arts Award and Artsmark status.

£150 per school

*Schools in Tower Hamlets & Newham are eligible for a subsidised offer. Please enquire for further details.

All members of staff who delivered the workshop made the whole experience for the students so exciting! Thank you also for your excellent resource pack – this will definitely play a key part in the planning and re-structuring of the new GCSE specification.
Teacher, Tower Hamlets




Ballet Explored 2019: Giselle Explored Resource Pack

The resource pack for English National Ballet’s production of Akram Khan’s Giselle is now available for secondary schools to purchase.

Designed for KS3 & KS4, this pack offers insights and exploration into the production with example of repertoire to teach or learn, with associated creative tasks and cross curricular links. The resource pack can be purchased £37.00, or can be purchased with a copy of the ballet on DVD to aid learning for the total price of £50 (saving £14.00).

Note: if you were a participating school in AK Giselle Explored 2019 from London Boroughs of Havering, Newham and Tower Hamlets then your pack is already included in your partnership package.


Kate Hartley-Stevens, Special Projects Manager